Letters to the Editor

Letters: Readers discuss Kander’s strength, Kavanaugh’s mistreatment and the environment

Sign of strength

I read the story about Jason Kander and his post-traumatic stress disorder. (Oct. 3, 1A, “Kander ends campaign for KC mayor, reveals PTSD) I served in the U.S. Navy, and I know that in the military there are physical wounds and mental wounds. The physical wounds heal, but the mental wounds never heal.

As a friend of mine in England said: “PTSD is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign of absolute strength. PTSD is earned by doing what others fear.”

There are medals for physical wounds, but none for mental wounds.

“Tailhook” Jack L.


Lee’s Summit

What a sham

The hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court were simply a witch hunt. He received no respect.

Not one time was any question concerning his professional qualifications for the court asked or alluded to. His suitability was totally avoided, ignored, forgotten and shunned.

It seems all those committee members’ souls are in their crotches. I’ll never vote for a Democrat.

William A. Ingram

Kansas City

Speedy service

I just renewed my driver’s license and got my Real ID at the new Kansas driver’s license office in the Rosana Square Shopping Center on 119th Street in Overland Park. At 10 a.m. Wednesday, it took 10 minutes to complete the process, because I had brought all the required documents listed on the website.

The clerk who helped me was very polite, cheery and efficient. About four other people were being served, and I noted plenty of other clerks were available.

Hooray for Johnson County for addressing this need. I appreciate it.

Melissa A. Fleming

Overland Park

Who gets ‘aid’

The average household income in Missouri is about $51,746. U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler’s income from taxpayers is $174,000, in addition to at least $1 million in subsidies for her family farm, Hartzler Farms Inc. All this information comes from Missouri and U.S government sources.

Recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, receive an average $134 a month for an individual. Hartzler wants to cut food stamps. She lives a large part of her time in Washington, D.C., so I wouldn’t find it hard to believe she has spent more than $134 for one meal.

I have but one request for Hartzler: Please do not wear pointed high heel shoes as you try to kick poor people when they are down and are trying to get a helping hand up.

No, I am not a Democrat or Republican. Neither party represents me.

Please note that farm subsidies are one of the largest socialist programs in our country.

Fred L. Hahn

Sedalia, Mo.

Cause, effect?

Kay Wolf says Rep. Kevin Yoder stands up for important issues such as funding for the National Institutes of Health for research to prevent and find cures for disease. (Oct. 4, 13A, “Kevin Yoder will continue to represent us well”) Yet the congressman also routinely votes against protecting the environment. For example, he voted for House Joint Resolution 38, which allows coal companies to dump toxic mine waste into streams, which ultimately ends up in our drinking water.

Does Yoder not think that allowing coal companies to dump toxic waste into streams and ultimately our drinking water might have an impact on people contracting diseases such as cancer? Does he not see this as contradictory?

It seems to me that a simple precaution to head off the costs associated with getting these terrible diseases might start with not drinking contaminated water.

Neal Moster

Overland Park

Take it seriously

I have been a registered Republican for 50 years. I’m also a gardener, growing apples, pears and tomatoes and sharing them with friends, neighbors and the food pantry.

Several years ago, I was a delegate to a national conservation convention in Washington, D.C. Among other speakers, we heard the president of the National Beekeepers Association speak on beehive collapse and things we could do about it.

Later, I had an appointment in Rep. Kevin Yoder’s office, where I planned to promote the idea of growing wildflowers instead of grass alongside roadways — a way to feed pollinators when crops are in the wrong cycle. Sixty percent of all fruits and vegetables depend on pollinators.

A senior Yoder staff member came into the room, put his cowboy boots on the coffee table and announced that his first job in D.C. was as a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. Afterward, he made it perfectly clear that nothing I had to say was of any interest to him or the congressman. I wasn’t important enough.

For the first time in my life, I have made a large contribution to a Democrat — Sharice Davids. I think she might listen to an old lady’s concern about the welfare of the planet.

Blair Hyde

Overland Park